Thursday, February 7, 2013

Video: Replica DC-2, KLM 'UIVER'

Look what Jack Frye started as we move into TWA world travel with the DC aircraft he helped develop with Douglas Aircraft. With only about 150 units produced, this model was virtually a long period prototype to the DC-3, the most successful all metal aircraft of all time! TWA operated a total of 31 units.

To help get us a little more cozy with early DC aircraft, the first ever Douglas airliners, this is the well known UIVER (Dutch for Stork) DC-2 replica in KLM Royal Dutch Air Lines colors. It was owned by the Aviodrome Aerospace Museum in the Netherlands. Unfortunately the operation has gone into bankruptcy and is looking for new investors. Click here for the latest info.

They owned two originals at one time until one of them was destroyed in a crash described below. The plane in this video is its KLM replica replacement. A US Navy original flown to the Netherlands and painted in original format. The other lone original is in a bad state of repairs at the museum. Hopefully both of these historic aircraft will be placed in a new home for all to see.


Operational history:
Although overshadowed by its ubiquitous successor, it was the DC-2 that first showed that passenger air travel could be comfortable, safe and reliable. As a token of this, KLM entered its first DC-2 PH-AJU Uiver (Stork) in the October 1934 MacRobertson Air Race between London and Melbourne. Out of the 20 entrants, it finished second behind only the purpose built de Havilland DH.88 racer Grosvenor House. During the total journey time of 90 hours, 13 min, it was in the air for 81 hours, 10 min, and won the handicap section of the race. (The DH.88 finished first in the handicap section, but the crew was by regulations allowed to claim only one victory.) It flew KLM's regular 9,000 mile route, (a thousand miles longer than the official race route), carrying mails, making every scheduled passenger stop, turning back once to pick up a stranded passenger, and even became lost in a thunderstorm and briefly stuck in the mud after a diversionary landing at Albury racecourse on the very last leg of the journey.
source: Wikipedia

The only DC-1 cropped in with a TWA DC-2 shadowed by the great DC-3

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